This weekend, we had a bunch of 2-year-olds over for a Halloween Harvest party. We originally wanted to host the party outside, but with the unpredictable weather and snow, it all got moved inside at the last minute. Seriously, all the outdoor activities I set up were wasted as the ground was soaking wet, the air had a bitter chill to it, and we even got some snow flurries!
In the end, the kids had a great time playing with T’s toys and generally romping around our house. That’s the most important part of any party anyway, isn’t it?
Guests were greeted with an abundance of fall decor on our front porch. Between mums, corn stalks, hay bales, and tons of gourds and pumpkins, the decorations just spilled all over the place. I loved the way the corn stalks looked attached to our front porch columns. We may have to do that every year from now on! I even incorporated my bright pink plastic pumpkin planter that I made a couple weeks ago. Believe it or not, those bright pink pumpkins fit right in with everything else!
Inside, the buffet was the main attraction. I kept the food very simple since the kids are so young. The kids loved the bags of chips, apple cider, hot cocoa, and both gourmet chocolate chip and standard marshmallows. The jack-o-lantern bags were made with dollar spot bags and a sharpie. It was a really cute way to hold individual pouches of apple slices.
The toppers for the cupcakes were really fun to make. I just mixed together different colors of fondant, rolled it flat, cut the fondant with a cookie cutter and used a wooden skewer to do the leaf veining. Super simple. And to get the curved shape you see on that top cupcake, I just let the fondant leaves dry propped up on a glass. Once the fondant is dry, it doesn’t really change shape at all.
Some of my other favorite touches were the fall leaf stickers on the kids’ sippy cups, the 7-foot rag garland, and the twine wrapped bottles. It’s amazing what a little ingenuity, some spray paint and some twine can do to a variety of bottles and jars.
Guests built their own favors as they left the party. Can you believe this is just an old shoe rack that’s painted yellow? The openings were the perfect size to hold bushel baskets for the different favor items. Goodies included pumpkin sugar cookies, s’mores marshmallow pops, chocolate dipped oreos, coloring books, and candy corn in push pop containers. A rag wreath and sign above thanked our guests one last time as they left to put their little ones down for a nap.
Thankfully, T took a nice long nap afterward, which meant we were able to get the house back in order just in time to play in the snow for a little bit!
How would you celebrate Halloween with 2-year-olds?
What decorations would you use at a Halloween Harvest party for little kids?
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